Sri Lankan Railways ordered the 120 km/h trains using financing from a US$79·8m Chinese sovereign loan.Each S14 has two 74 tonne Bo-Bo power cars with a 1 950 hp MTU 12V 4000 R41 diesel engine, plus seven intermediate coaches. There are two first class air-conditioned cars with a capacity of 88 passengers, two second class cars to carry 96 people and three third class cars able to accomodate 216 passengers.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# SRI LANKA: The first of nine S14 diesel trainsets being supplied by CRRC Qingdao Sifang has entered revenue service on the Colombo Fort – Badulla line, which has a journey time of 8 h 43 min.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The trains are equipped with a passenger information system, and the first class cars have entertainment screens. There are also wheelchair accessible toilets.An in-depth article on the modernisation of Sri Lanka’s railway network appeared in the August 2018 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine.
Related Map of Sudan – stock photo Sudan’s government has welcomed remarks from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week that he would like to delist Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, local media reported.Pompeo has repeatedly indicated that the State Department hopes to remove the designation, which severely impedes investment to Sudan, but disputes have arisen on a compensation package over the 1998 bombings of two US embassies.The US top diplomat told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday that legislation on a settlement should come before Congress “in the very, very near term”.According to an English-language report by official news agency SUNA, the Sudanese transitional government on Saturday welcomed Pompeo’s statement and “promised to do its level best to meet the requirements that would help the (American) administration” take “positive action”. Independent online news site Sudan Tribune reported the government had said in a statement that it “is ready to continue working with the US administration to remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism and enter into a partnership relationship that benefits both countries”.Pompeo said that the fall of longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir following mass protests and the nearly year-old government of a civilian prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, marked “an opportunity that doesn’t come along often”.“There’s a chance not only for a democracy to begin to be built out, but perhaps regional opportunities that could flow from that as well,” he said.“I think lifting the state sponsor of terrorism designation there if we can… take care of the victims of those tragedies would be a good thing for American foreign policy,” Pompeo said.According to SUNA, Hamdok reaffirmed “his commitment to continue exerting efforts with all friends in the United States and abroad” to bring the issue to a close and for Sudan to fully return to “be part of the international community”.Bashir had welcomed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and Sudan was accused of aiding jihadists who blew up the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 224 people and injuring around 5,000 others.Sudan’s new government has agreed to a compensation package but a dispute has arisen over higher payments to Americans than to Africans, who accounted for the vast majority of the casualties. Sudan says removal from a US terror blacklist imminent U.S. considering removing Sudan from terror list US to name ambassador to Sudan for first time in 23 years: Pompeo
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has snubbed a January move to Aston Villa.Sirigu is expected to depart the French champions next month after being demoted to the bench by manager Laurent Blanc this season.The Italian has made just two appearances for PSG this season and has featured only once in Ligue 1.And, according to RMC, Remi Garde was keen to bring Sirigu to Villa Park to replace out-of-form goalkeeper Brad Guzan.However, the report also claims Sirigu has several offers on his plate and is not considering a move to the Premier League’s bottom club. Salvatore Sirigu 1